Problem-solving skills help serve the poor
After spending many years with the poor, the sick, and the marginalized, Friar Nguyen Chinh Luan understands what it is to live in poverty.
Fifteen years in religious life showed Friar Luan the importance of taking a more professional approach in service to the poor. At the prompting of his provincial, Friar Victor Abegg, he decided to pursue a master’s degree. One of the California friars encouraged Friar Luan to apply to the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management in Vietnam. After applying to the selective and demanding MPP program, Friar Luan became a Fulbright student in 2020.
At Fulbright, Friar Luan has taken courses in community leadership, financial management, budget development, and other public administration tracks designed to help policymakers find the best solutions to Vietnam’s unique problems.
After finishing his master’s degree in public policy, Luan plans to return to northern Vietnam and build orphanages and daycare centers for children with Down’s Syndrome. Also, he plans to expand the daycare system in the Conventual Franciscan Friary in Thai Binh Province.